Questions with this tag should be about traditional ingredients, preparations or dishes from India - such as curries, naan or butter chicken. Questions about ingredients common to Indian-style cooking, but which aren't about a specific Indian dish, should not use this tag.

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What oils are suitable for Indian cooking (i.e. extended frying duration)?

Indian cooking basically uses oil from the beginning of the process, typically starting with sautéing ginger and garlic, then adding shallots, chillies and onions. So the oil is on the fire for quite ...
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How to reduce the masala taste from chicken roast

We cooked chicken roast and we cooked it in three batches. this is for a party. Good thing- OF the three batches two of them turned out to be pretty good. Issue- The third one turned out to stand a ...
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Sugar in Indian curries?

I've seen that sugar is used to balance out other flavors in a dish. I was just wondering if I could add a little sugar to a spicy curry(chicken curry, for example). Would that take away the authentic ...
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Does jaggery need to be soaked?

One of our TV chefs has done a show on India, and one of the ingredients he has used in a few recipes is jaggery, a sugar made from palms. In the show, it appears to be soft, like soft brown sugar. ...
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How to ferment dosa batter?

I have never been successful in fermenting dosa batter properly in the US. I generally soak urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds for a few hours and grind them together. Even if I leave the batter in ...
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Why did my idli looked cooked from outside but was still mushy inside?

I sometimes try using Homemade batter for making idlis and dosas as I live in the perfect temperate climate which is required for fermenting the batter properly and wish to cut down on the ...
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chicken texture after precooking starts to break

Sometimes when pre-cooking chicken for a curry week, the chicken cuts doesn't keep its shape. It starts to get a bit stringy and losing the "smooth" shape that it was cut with, what could I be doing ...
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How can I prevent a thick layer of tikka marinade on my chicken?

I make chicken tikka on and off and I normally marinade the meat for over 24 hours every time I do it. I notice that, after grilling the chicken it still has a cake-like coating. I have noticed this ...
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Adding spiciness to indian curry at the end of cooking

When making Indian curries, I usually lightly fry the spices (cumin, coriander, turmeric, and kashmiri chili powder), as most recipes state that this is needed to get rid of the "raw" taste. Sometimes ...
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Which spice gives brown colour to Indian curry?

Many of the premixed curry pastes and curry dishes I have eaten have a brownish / reddish colour to them. I have a nice collection of spices that I cook with, but my curries seem to always look and ...
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What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into fine powder?

I have big chunks of jaggery. I want to turn them into fine powder. What is the best way to turn the chunks of jaggery into their powdered form?
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How to make soft Gulab Jamuns?

I use Gulab Jamun mix of the Gits company. http://www.gitsfood.com/gulabjamun/ The problem is that even on low fire the balls get brown from out side, but don't get cooked "properly" within. When I ...
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What are the authentic traditional ingredients for Naan bread?

I would like to know what the authentic and traditional ingredients for Naan bread are. There are many recipes that use some ingredients but not others and the cooking method are not always the same. ...
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What are these small long narrow yellow things?

In a food market, on the street, I bought a Masala Dosa, and it had some small yellow narrow long things in it that were delicious. I snapped a picture: Any ideas what they are?
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Why doesn't my conventional-oven Naan bread taste authentic?

I recently tried this recipe for Naan bread in an oven, and followed it diligently, but the product that came out did not have that characteristic flavor of Naan. It was more like a pizza bread ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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What's Fruit Salt?

A recipe I am trying out (for khaman dhokla) requires fruit salt. What is it? What can I use as a suitable substitute?
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What is the orange coloured cream inside McAloo Tikki called and what are its ingredients?

The McAloo Tikki: (McDonalds' official page has a smaller image.) I have seen the onions, tomatoes, Aloo Tikki, and an orange coloured cream inside this burger. I wish to know what is that cream ...
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What is this fungus/lichen in my Garam Masala? (“Trifle”/truffle?)

I just bought a lovely bag of Garam Masala, and was all ready to grind some when I got home! But when I opened it, I found something I didn’t recognise — at first I thought something had gone mouldy, ...
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“Indian Spicy” vs. “Thai Spicy”

What ingredient(s) make the spiciness from Indian food distinct from the spiciness of, say, Thai food? Indian good seems to have a longer, slower burn, rather than a "sharper" spiciness of Thai. I ...
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Why is garam masala in many curry paste/powder recipes?

Garam masala, of course, is a blend of warming spices. However, many of those spices are listed individually in recipes for curry pastes and powders that also call for garam masala. Since most garam ...
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Need help identifying 2 ingredients in homemade chicken biryani

I am very fortunate to work in an office where I am one of about 3 caucasians for around 100 people originating from Asia. Yesterday, we had a pot luck, and one of the dishes was a fantastic chicken ...
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Why to remove skin and seeds of tomatoes when we puree them?

I tried a couple of recipes which demanded tomato puree which was eventually cooked as part of the gravy. The gravy turned sour even after cooking it covered for more than 15 minutes. Is that because ...
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Where do you buy Indian spices online?

I want to learn to cook some Indian dishes. It would be preferable to know that the spices are from sustainable agriculture. Sedona, Arizona. I did some googling and didn't find any local spice ...
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Special coffee served in Malaysia (or India)

When I was in Malaysia an Indian friend offer to me a coffee, It tasted really nice and kinda unique. I'm not sure if that coffee was unique from Malaysia or recipe from India. The store where I got ...
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How do I make paneer firm and chewy like in the restaurant?

Recently I've taken a liking to Indian cuisine and am trying to replicate the curry experience at home. The biggest problem I'm having is with the paneer cheese, which is used in curries I like the ...
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Curries from Scratch, a beginners guide

I really want to start experimenting with indian food, without relying on jars of paste. I am looking for any good information so: What spices to buy? What equipment? Any good books? Any good web ...
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Egg substitution in Indian meatball recipe

I am cooking for a dinner party in a couple of days and one of the friends is allergic to egg but the 2 recipes I found and like ask for eggs. The recipe that mum uses also asks for eggs to bind the ...
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How do I make soft chapattis?

I have been trying to make chapattis (an Indian flat unleavened bread, somewhat like a wheat tortilla), using the following recipe for the dough: 300ml water, 250g whole wheat flour, 250g white wheat ...
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Can water cause fermented pickles to spoil?

I recently learned about Indian lemon pickles. There is a lot of variation between recipes but the ones I am trying consist of chopping lemons or limes, adding salt, and letting them ferment for a ...
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Ingredients to Get Started with Indian Cuisine

I'm interested in slowly getting started with Indian cooking and building up my store of spices. However, I generally don't have as much time to cook as I would like and really don't have enough space ...
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Substituting white flour for maida in making Indian samosas

Indian recipes call for using Maida or All-purpose flour in making samosa. Disregarding for a second the difference between the two (as discussed in here - Difference between Maida and All purpose ...
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Is there a difference between paneer butter masala, matar paneer, malai kofta gravy?

It seems to me that although you can find different recipes for each of the dishes described above, the gravy is basically the same, with the only difference for example between paneer butter masala ...
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Does paneer have to be cooked?

I want to just toss it into some indian food I have. Does it need to be cooked first or is it ok if it just warms up a bit when I throw it in the sauce?
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Where can I Buy Kaima or Jeerakasala Rice?

I'm trying to prepare an Indian Biriyani dish, and it calls for Kaima rice, also known as Jeerakasala. I understand that there are alternatives, like Basmati, but I really would love to try this ...
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How to make chapati/parathas/pooris remain soft for a long time?

I want chapati and parathas (same dough is used for both) to remain very soft for a long time. I originally asked in the comments here: Why doesn't my whole wheat dough pass the Poke Test? and ...
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What type of yoghurt should I use for making curry?

I've seen a lot of recipes specifying "yoghurt" when making an indian-style curry, but very rarely do they specify what type. The problem is compounded for me in that I live in a country where I ...
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What is the liquid ingredient in a korma?

I recently saw a pseudo-recipe for an authentic Lucknow korma on TV. After infusing whole spices in ghee, adding an onion puree, chilli powder and chicken, the cook added a creamy looking mixture of ...
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What is the combination of spices for garam masala? [closed]

It's been a while since I've been able to get my hands on real garam masala. I bought some garam masala from a store last week and was disappointed. It lacked the rich flavor that I am use to. There ...
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Marinating in yogurt

I'm currently letting some wild turkey (the bird, not the whiskey) marinate in some plain yogurt. I saw this somewhere on TV or online. Does anyone know what's actually going on chemically when the ...
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Fresh vs Canned tomatoes in Indian cooking

How does fresh and canned tomatoes compare in indian cooking? I usually see recipes call for pureed or finely chopped tomatoes, which are added after the initial stage of frying the spices and ...
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Frying mustard oils in indian tempering (tadka)

Many Indian recipes call for a quick frying of mustard seeds until they start popping. If the oil is really hot the mustard seeds pop right away - But as I'm always afraid letting my oil get to the ...
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Reusage of deep frying oil and flour coated vegetables

I deep fry different mashed vegetables for various recipes. (For example, Indian Malai Kofta). When I do so, I usually coat the vegetables in flour or corn flour, to prevent them from breaking in the ...
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What is a Bamboo shoot called in Hindi?

I haven't seen these things in the markets here. How do I ask for them in the local market?
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Indian Curry: Frying spices vs marinating the meat in them

I'm on a bit of a quest to make a great lamb vindaloo, and through my research I've seen two pieces of advice (often given together) that I can't quite reconcile. First is to marinate the meat in the ...
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Secret to takeaway curry

It's become something of a quest for me to find a curry recipe that tastes like the curry you get from an Indian Takeaway. I'm getting close with the consistency, but can't get the taste right. I ...
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Substituting Chicken Breast for Chicken Legs in Korma [closed]

I am looking at Madhur Jaffrey's Chicken Korma recipe as given at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/creamychickenkormawi_90196; however I only have chicken breasts. In what manner should I modify the ...
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Difference between Rajasthani “sev tamatar nu shak” and Gujrati “sev tamatar nu shak”

What is the difference between Rajasthani "sev tamatar nu shak" and Gujrati "sev tamatar nu shak". Do they use different spices or ingredients or method of cooking?
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Type of salt to use for Indian recipes

I cook lots of Indian food - can I use kosher salt\crystallized sea salt for my curries? I like the way you have more control on how much salt you're adding because of the crystal texture - but ill ...
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What is meant by “cook until the oil separates” in Indian curry recipes?

A lot of Indian curry recipes have a step where you're told to cook an onion-tomato-spices mixture "until the oil separates". Despite having tried cooking such recipes a number of times already, I ...